The Exception

The Exception

DVD - 2017
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MPAA rating: R; for sexuality, graphic nudity, language and brief violence.
A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.

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chaliser
Aug 16, 2018

Great acting by experienced actors, great plot, always good edge of chair suspense. [n.8/9/18] Questions may arise, But Warning: *Potential Spoiler Alert / Plot Giveaway*, albeit *what happens,* aside from the notions to follow (and very much beyond them), is, in any case, still worth seeing, IMHO. I mean we know it's a love story per the description on the dvd case: "Espionage & Romance in equal measure." Ok then, lead-ups done with... The question in question (;-) is about whom the title refers to - as "The Exception." Is it the SS Captain who does not act like most all other SS officers, or the woman who somehow overcomes not only the difference from their cultural origins and beliefs, but the traumatic experience (of she and her loved ones) at the hands of SS/Nazis? Considering that she does so enough to be able to recognize -relatively early on- that he was an exception(?). Or, did they both somehow bring that out in each other (per fate, "what was meant to be," etc). Question 2 (or 3): Could there be good purpose in this story coming before audiences in the time of the *Me2* process, per some potential(s), perhaps yet to be fully discovered and/or developed, for and/or through some broad-minded considerations? (By whom(?) you may ask, and the "answer" that arises here is a reminder that we are all individuals with individual histories, capabilities, potentials, challenges, "stuff," goals, and purposes, etc.

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akirakato
Jul 16, 2018

Directed by David Leveaux in 2017 based on the 2003 novel "The Kaiser's Last Kiss" by Alan Judd, this war-time romance-thriller depicts a fictionalized account of the life of exiled Kaiser Wilhelm who unintentionally gets involved with a British spy.
Intrigueingly well crafted, this story will engage you from the start to the end.

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marieloudavril
Jun 26, 2018

I like this spy movie very much, with intriguing romance and love story. I love the choice of the end of the movie regarding any spy..... Christopher Plummer performed an excellent acting. a Movie worthwhile to watch.

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INVS
Jun 21, 2018

Despite the excellent actors I never finished this film. Christopher Plummer - hard to believe he's 89 in Dec 2018 - always outstanding. Janet Mc T. & Eddie Marson, always excellent in any character. Jai Courtney....holy cow is all I can write. lily James, kind of lackluster.

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lavasushi
Apr 10, 2018

Is it a romance? Or spy movie? Or an espionage thriller? It’s a bizarre romance, of an improbable story that you shouldn’t think about too much or too long. Christopher Plummer is great, of course. They didn’t dive into the atrocities very much, but mentioned them as needed.

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patch666
Mar 26, 2018

Excellent little film . Nice acting and love story . Interesting little corner of WW II

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imagenel
Feb 26, 2018

Plummer is the 'exception' and the anchor in this pseudo-sexo-politico thriller with his tongue-in-cheek Kaiser accent while the rest the cast are...oh well, pretty good. Ben Daniels looks like 007 Craig's brother, yet they are not related.

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wusoying
Jan 01, 2018

It is a decent story with so much potential that has gone to waste. Good solid cast and yet it is not memorable (whereas the other one with Plummer, “Remember”, is way more impressive), and the romantic line baffles me. I know the protagonists are eye candies, and yet this feels very forced.

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richmole
Dec 29, 2017

Surprisingly good!

Excellent story.
Another great performance by Plumber as the old Kaiser.
Funny, when you least expect it to be.

As for falling in love with a "rapist"--well, people have done stranger things. Consider please, the time, place and people involved. Could it happen? Is it plausible? Sure. Enough said.

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maipenrai
Dec 14, 2017

This is not a bad film, but it plays fast and loose with historical facts. The story imagines a slightly altered timeline of events surrounding the German occupation of the Netherlands, most notably the time between the German invasion of the Netherlands, which occurred in 1940, and the death of the Kaiser and German invasion of Russia, both of which took place in 1941. As described in the story a detachment of Wehrmacht troops under the command of an SS Officer was sent to guard Wilhelm II, but Krebbs ( in this case Brandt ) is an imagined character. Churchill offered the Kaiser asylum in the United Kingdom, but the invitation was conveyed to him in different circumstances to those portrayed. Heinrich Himmler did not visit the Kaiser at Huis Doorn, but Hermann Göring did. Of course according to Hollywood, a love story is always preferable to the truth. Both the Nazis and British wanted to exploit the former Kaiser, for good or ill. All is fair in love and war. I am more of a fan of historical fiction based upon fact than impossible time lines and the schmaltz of the obligatory love story. This is an inherently interesting piece of history and could have been told better. Very mild recommendation. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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